What I’d like to achieve in the last year of my CS degree

Today marks the last day of a three month long summer break. Tomorrow will be the first day of the final year of my Masters of Computer Science degree. Since quitting my full time job at the end of 2013, my goals have shifted somewhat. Initially I went back to study to combat the dissatisfaction I had felt with my career for quite a while. Since then it has become more about carving out my own path in technology and hopefully making it a bit easier for other women to do the same.

Initial encouragement from a few key people, momentum and a healthy dose of feminist rage contributed to the women in tech stuff becoming a much more important part of my life. Now, a day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about these things – whether it’s reflecting on my own place in technology, wondering how I might be able to do more to encourage other young women or working out what I can do to try and combat the ingrained biases that prevent women from thriving in technical degrees and careers.

I’ve spent a lot of time over summer thinking about what I’d like achieve over the next year. The list is shaping up quite nicely. Read More

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Do CS faculties have a responsibility to attract more female students?

Should it be the responsibility of Computer Science and Technology faculties to make their degrees more attractive to female students? I have had cause to think about this issue a lot recently. After establishing a student-run group for women in technical degrees earlier in the year, I have been considering the limitations of what groups like ours can achieve.

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